I mentioned in a previous post that I had just switched to my new day shift schedule before I started my maternity leave and I was so excited to get started on it! I knew from when I did some day shifts during my ER orientation that I am definitely most productive on this type of schedule. For some reason my body responds to it better; my head is clearer, I have more energy to get things done, and I sleep better at night.
For my book club read this season we chose to read Atomic Habits by James Clear and, while I’m not done reading it yet, it really got me wanting to establish a routine and be more productive through daily healthy habits. Since the quarantine started over a month ago I’ve been trying to be more productive with my days off from work and now that I’m on leave I am able to really focus on building these habits so they stick when the babies get here and I do go back to work.
What’s really helped me with this are a few things:
1) the book Atomic Habits (duh!)
2) the Erin Condren Checklist Petite Journal (currently sold out but restocking soon)
3) an app called Awesome Note 2 (a great scheduler, to-do list, note-taking app)
To start out I just kept it simple with little baby steps.
In the mornings:
- Brush teeth
- Take meds
- Take vitamins
- Apply belly lotion
- Eat breakfast
- Daily games
In the evenings:
- Take meds
- Shower or bath
- Apply belly oil
- Listen to Calm app
- Read for 15 minutes
- Charge Apple Watch
- Have a cup of tea
- Plan out tomorrow
Daily or Weekly tasks:
- Tidy up
It’s been 2 weeks since I started checking these off my to-do lists and I can tell that they’re starting to stick with me. If things are piling up, I will spend 15 minutes tidying or doing the dishes or running the vacuum. I don’t feel clean at night if I don’t take a shower or bath and apply my lotions. First thing I do when I get up now is brush my teeth then take my meds and vitamins then eat breakfast. It’s starting to become a routine and I love that! Eventually I plan to add more 1 or 2 at a time until I’m doing the life that I want to.
I use the phone app as an added layer for consistency because I can set alerts to go off and remind me to do the tasks. Plus it’ll plug them in to my digital calendar so I don’t forget to get them done.
What routines or habits do you have already? Are you working on building more? I want to hear all about it! Tell me below in the comments! 🙂